2010 Programs

kitchen at Evergreens

photo by Steve Fratoni

The kitchen at The Evergreens

Saturday, September 25, through December 2010
“Art has a ‘Palate’”: The Dickinsons and Dining

Part of "Table for 10," a Museums10 collaboration.

The Evergreens, home of Emily Dickinson’s brother Austin, was renowned in its day as a center of fine Amherst hospitality and conversation. Emily once praised her sister-in-law Susan’s flair for entertaining with a comparison to a leading New York dining establishment: "Mrs. Delmonico’s things were very nice - Art has a ‘Palate’ as well as an Easel-"

Drawing on family letters, inventories, and findings from recent architectural investigations, the museum has re-interpreted the public and private areas of the house related to food preparation and service—the kitchen, scullery, pantry, and dining room—with new displays that offer visitors a fresh perspective on nineteenth-century dining and hospitality.  The new installation will be part of the Emily Dickinson's World tour through December.